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Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, taught for 35 years, chiefly at the Divinity School, where the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion has since been founded, and in the History Department. He is a weekly contributor to Sightings, the Marty Center's online publication. A columnist for, and Senior Editor at the Christian Century for decades after 1956, he is now a writer for its blog. Marty is the author of more than 60 books, among them are Righteous Empire, for which he won the National Book Award; the three-volume Modern American Religion; The One and the Many: America's Search for the Common Good; The Mystery of the Child; Building Cultures of trust; The Christian World: A Global History; Martin Luther (in the "Penguin Lives" series); and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography. He has received numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Distinguished Service Medal of the Association of Theological Schools, and eighty honorary doctorates.

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Hillsong

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:33 PM

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This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

"Hillsong." Never heard of Hillsong, the Australian Pentecostal megachurch? Readers of the New York...

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Drift Away

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:46 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

Smart-crack responses will not get one very far. Thus, when asked, "Are you a member of the organized church?" I can...

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Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 12:50 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

I am back to "sighting" for Sightings, after what the editor called an August "hiatus" and this scribe called a Summer...

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GRACE Against Sex Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:01 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

GRACE acronates "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment." Its story is well told in Kathryn Joyce's "By Grace Alone,"...

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Russian Orthodoxy

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:29 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

"Many a bum show has been saved by the flag," actor and playwright George M. Cohan once mumbled in criticism of...

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Intolerance and Violence

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:30 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

"THE NEW JIHAD" screamed the first line of a really, really big headline in last weekend's Wall Street Journal. The next...

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Prayer Meetings in Leipzig

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:23 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

"Christian Führer, 71, East German Pastor Whose Prayer Meetings Inspired Protests" was the headline for a July 3, New York Times...

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Catholics Reject Church Teachings on Sex

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:36 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

A typical headline calling attention to the forthcoming (October) Vatican conference of bishops reads: "Vatican: Most Catholics reject...

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Giving Up, Giving Down

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:26 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School.

"Giving," as in "Charitable Giving," is "up" for three causes: "Arts and Humanities" (6.3%), "Education" (7.4%), and "Animals and Environment" (6%)....

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Southern Baptists Waning

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:47 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Southern Baptists, present in every state of the union, outnumber Jews in the whole world. Only Roman Catholics outnumber them in...

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Trigger Warnings

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:51 AM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Trigger Warning! A few years ago you and I and most people would not have known what that headline meant. Now if you are a...

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Roma

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:32 AM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Sightings usually sights religious news and trends with a metaphorical "naked eye." No one needs a telescope or a microscope to spot most of our...

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Phone Versus Online Honesty

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:04 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

"What fresh hell is this?" was poet Dorothy Parker's question when her phone or doorbell rang. Opinion-surveyors and telephone-pollsters may often be greeted by Parkeresque...

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Hindu Fundamentalism

(9) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:47 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The Monday editions of Sightings, which I write, usually focus on "public religion" in the United States, while Thursday's postings, written by various contributors, frequently...

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Hispanic Catholic Trends

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 12:14 PM

"This is huge." Emma Green interrupts her own reporting (May 7, 2014) on desertions from Roman Catholic heritage and affiliation. Before her self-interruptive gasp she had begun her report: "According to a new Pew study, over the past three years, the proportion of Hispanic-Americans who call...

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Death Penalty

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:59 PM

"People who believe in the death penalty should be very concerned about this," warned David B. Muhlhausen of the conservative Heritage Foundation. "This" is what Muhlhusen suspects is a move by President Obama "to weaken the death penalty system."

The New York Times' Peter Barker (May 2, 2014)...

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Canonizations

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:01 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Yesterday, the Roman Catholic world and many other worlds celebrated the canonization of two new saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Non-comatose readers of...

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British Priesthood Uptick

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:28 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Do you know what "wonga" is? I didn't, but my research assistant, Dr. Google, helped me learn. An Australian English word of aboriginal origin, "wonga"...

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Pope Asks for Forgiveness

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Holy Week in the Western Christian calendar is a time for Christians to confess their sins, ask for forgiveness, and seek to amend their lives. A billion believers will be doing all that in the five days ahead. Some may do it in their churches, some in other places of...

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Business Ethics

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:31 PM

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Fifty Catholic academic-ethicists wrote President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America (CUA), protesting the university's acceptance of $1 million from the...

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